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With the 2024 election cycle on the horizon, the filing period for North Carolina candidates closed Friday, and Cumberland County voters now have just under three months to decide who will get their support.

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) and the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) are hosting a series of community events dedicated to raising awareness about gun violence prevention. These events will …

The Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday will consider approving the use of an app designed to support student mental health, decide the use of Gov. Roy Cooper’s one-time pre-K funds …

Cumberland’s Connelly named N.C. Superintendent of the year

Cumberland County Schools’ Marvin Connelly has been named as the 2024 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. The award was presented Monday by the North Carolina …

As part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations, Cumberland County Schools is hosting its first Exhibition Pow Wow for both Native and non-Native students. Thursday’s exhibition …

Most discussions of students and student performance center around what’s happening in the classroom. And while Cumberland County Schools’ strategic plan has targets and goals for that, …

For most families in Cumberland County, it isn’t time to start worrying about the 2024-25 school year just yet. But for those interested in enrolling their children in one of Cumberland County …

Cape Fear, Seventy-First, Terry Sanford win in football playoffs

Cape Fear, Seventy-First and Terry Sanford racked up wins in the state high school football playoffs on Friday night. Jack Britt,  Pine  Forest and South View came up short.

Cape Fear scoring powerhouse, Terry Sanford tennis star take weekly honors

A standout receiver for Cape Fear football and a star of Terry Sanford’s win over Carrboro in girls tennis are the Athletes of the Week for Cumberland County high schools.

Terry Sanford women’s tennis going to win state title against Lake Norman

Terry Sanford’s women’s tennis team has a state doubles championship to its credit. Now the Bulldogs will attempt to add a team title to its haul of honors. Last weekend, the duo of Pauline Bui and Loren Galaviz took home the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A doubles crown with a 6-1, 6-0 win over twins Caroline and Kathryn Adkins of Fike High School in Wilson. Their teammates will join them in Burlington on Saturday for the 3-A dual team final against Lake Norman Charter School at the Burlington Tennis Center.

On offense, defense, Donavan Frederick can be counted on for Seventy-First

Seventy-First football coach Duran McLaurin has basic criteria he follows when deciding to use a player as a starter on offense and defense. First, he’s got to be a player you can depend on. Second, he’s got to be one who gives his best effort and won’t be taking breaks on the field.

Douglas Byrd’s 1972 football squad celebrates 50th anniversary of premiere season

They were pulled together from two dramatically different schools, a relatively small neighborhood group that was closing its doors and a mega-school with a rich athletic history that was having a hunk of its student-athletes moved into an unknown situation. That was the circumstance that led to the birth of Douglas Byrd High School back in 1972 when the boys from Massey Hill and Seventy-First united to make history. 

School district receives technology innovation award

Cumberland County Schools has been named a “District of Distinction” by zSpace — a company that creates virtual and augmented reality-based educational programs and technology — for its achievements in integrating AR/VR technology into high school and middle school classrooms across the district. 

Pine Forest women’s golf standout balances volleyball, classroom achievements

Pine Forest women’s golf coach David May said he was talking to a cohort recently when the subject of Trojan senior golfer Jordan Blanton came up. “Jordan is playing with a different mantra,” May said. “She’s calm and collected. Her whole game is changing.” After a string of scores in the 80s, Blanton peaked earlier this week in the All American Conference tournament at Chicora Golf Club in Dunn, turning in a personal best of 77.

Record rushing performance, 93 golf round earn Cumberland athletes honors

A South View football standout and a Cape Fear golfer are the Athletes of the Week in Cumberland County Schools.

Cumberland schools well represented on East’s All-Star football squad

There will be a strong Cumberland County presence at the first East-West All-Star football game played in December this year. Two Fayetteville coaches are on the East staff for the game. Pine Forest’s Bill Sochovka will be head coach for the East while Terry Sanford assistant coach Jeff Morehead will be an assistant. Players from Cumberland County chosen for the game include kicker Juan Hernandez of Pine Forest, wide receiver Rico McDonald and linebacker Landon Sargent of Cape Fear, and defensive back Kamal Thames of Terry Sanford.

During National School Bus Safety Week, we go along for a ride

She’s one of about 450 drivers who take the wheel of a school bus every school morning and afternoon around Cumberland County, and on this particular afternoon, Sharron Barnhill has visitors.

Connelly’s ‘CommUNITY Chats’ aim to get discussions started 

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Marvin Connelly Jr. is meeting with parents, families and other stakeholders through a series of Monday evening “chats” designed to engage with students' families and provide updates on the implementation of the system's strategic plan. 

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved revisions to school policies, abiding by the ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ — the controversial new state law regarding K-12 …

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet Tuesday and consider changes to some of its policies to comply with the recently passed N.C. Parents’ Bill of Rights, approve the purchase of vehicles, present awards to a custodian and a parent, and more.

Fayetteville Technical Community College has been awarded $500,000 by the Golden LEAF Foundation toward construction of a driving pad at a planned regional supply chain transport complex in western Cumberland County, according to a news release. 

Turf-marking machine takes work out of preparing athletic fields for games

David Culbreth is always on the lookout for technological advances that will save school coaches time from certain aspects of their work so they can devote more of it to their students and families. His latest discovery is the Turf Tank Two, which tackles the arduous task of lining athletic fields for play and turns it into a job for one person and one machine.

General Assembly completes dismantling of High School Athletics Association

The North Carolina General Assembly has penned a 21st-century version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” State Senate Bill 452 has completed the stripping of power from the N.C. High School Athletic Association that began four years ago as a personal crusade by Sen. Tom McInnis, a Republican who represents Cumberland and Moore counties, and his two top helpers, Sens. Todd Johnson, R-Union, and Vickie Sawyer, R-Mecklenberg, as well as the rest of the Republican majority in the state House and Senate.

A former state legislator and owner of a Fayetteville automotive dealership has donated $1 million to support the planned school of medicine at Methodist University, the university announced Thursday.

Enrollment jumped significantly among several populations as Fayetteville State University welcomed its largest, most diverse first-year class in nearly 20 years for the fall 2023 semester. FSU also scored its highest student retention rate in recent years to nearly 78%, which is am increase of 14% in just two years. The retention rate was 63.3% in 2020, according to an FSU news release.

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